Tamron SP AF 24-135mm F3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical IF Macro A-mount lens review by MrXpress
|MrXpress#5370 date: May-11-2009|
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|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 18-70|
|price paid:||150 USD|
|positive:||-fantastic build quality|
-very good range
-lens 'feels' and looks very good
-close focusing distance a plus
|negative:||-not very sharp, particularly at tele end|
-zoom lock too flimsy
|comment:||This lens is big and imposing, built like a tank, and covers a pretty decent range on APS-C, so what's not to like? Well, for starters, my copy (as always with Tamron lenses, sample variation may breed differing results) not only took ages to focus, but usually would focus on the wrong thing, and also showed a slight degree of backfocus. Sharpness was decent after resizing for the web, but pixel-peeping at full size showed it was one of my softest lenses. |
I wasn't a big fan of the handling, either. The zoom ring is stiff, uneven, and clunky, and included is an unneeded zoom lock which tends to fall to the 'lock' position at the slightest nudge.
The closest thing I have to compare it to is the older Minolta 35-105/3.5-4.5 (the metal macro switch version). The Tamron has a better range, better build, and much better minimum focusing distance, but I found the Minolta to have superb color and to be much sharper across the zoom range, and to have much smoother handling.